Denmark, Sweden
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SpringOctober 15Mid JanuaryMid May
SummerMarch 15variesvaries
FallApril 1Mid AugustMid December
Academic YearApril 1Mid AugustMid May
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.0
  • Language of Instruction
  • Varies
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Homestay, Other, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Third-party provider
Program Overview

DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities. 


With over 300 academically challenging courses to choose from between Copenhagen and Stockholm locations, as well as semester and summer options, you are able to mix and match courses to meet major requirements and explore new passions. Your freedom of choice extends to your housing, where you apply to living arrangements that best fit you.

  • Academic Excellence

Intellectually stimulating courses challenge you to examine issues from various perspectives, as you debate, play, research, analyze, and reflect on contemporary topics and burning issues. Many courses focus on contemporary burning issues; terrorism, migration, economic turmoil, climate change, human rights, and other current topics inspire discussions in the classroom.

  • Experiential Learning

With an emphasis on hands-on learning experiences, you have opportunities to simulate real-life scenarios, make connections, and build your resumé. Theory-based courses include a focus on practice through hands-on learning experiences such as field studies throughout Copenhagen or Stockholm, guest lectures, flipped classrooms, practicums, real-life case studies, student research labs, simulation exercises, skill-building workshops, studios, projects with professional critiques, presentations, and showcases.

  • Europe As Your Classroom

Core Course Week consists of a study tour in Denmark or Sweden or a neighboring country, combined with a two-day seminar in Copenhagen or Stockholm. Your core course then travels on a Week-Long Study Tour to a relevant European destination.

  • Faculty Who Teach What They Do

Most faculty work as professionals in the areas they teach, bringing theory to life by sharing real-world examples in the classroom. This gives you access to resources and networks such as researchers, health professionals, communication consultants, European politicians, innovative business leaders, cutting-edge architects and designers, entrepreneurs, ground-breaking activists, fascinating historians, and more.

  • Supportive Environment

Academic counseling and personal support resources are available to you during your time abroad, providing you a solid foundation upon which to grow. Throughout your term, academic databases and academic counseling are available to you. Outside of your academics, the DIS Care Team supports your personal well-being by providing student services to help you develop strategies to make the most of your semester.

  • Cultural Learning

In your courses, you focus on the importance of cultural context and are exposed to how issues are perceived, lived, and theorized in Europe. It is also your chance to reflect on the cultural norms and values that shape you.

  • Opportunities to Meet the Locals

Living in a Homestay, signing up for a sports team, taking a Danish or Swedish Language and Culture course, or attending evening seminar are among the ways to build your international network and meet the locals.


** Eligibility Requirements

  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at a four-year college or university in the United States or Canada
  • Typically, at least three semesters completed at time of application
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Satisfy Core Course or Summer Course prerequisites


The two cities are distinctly unique, and you may not know how much they complement each other until you meet them both. 

  • Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city's historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels. Copenhagen is at the forefront of the New Nordic wave currently reinventing the aesthetics of urban design, architecture, and food. Denmark has often rated the happiest nation in the world according to the UN’s World Happiness Report, and Copenhagen is considered one of the most livable cities in the world. 

  • Stockholm

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum. Since 1901, Stockholm has been the permanent hosting place of Nobel Prize ceremonies. Everyone who receives the prize signs in the guestbook of the Nobel Museum’s café. In Stockholm, to own a boat or small motor ship you won’t need any permits. No license is required to steer a ship, either, and you can even build your own vessel anywhere on the shore. The people of Stockholm own around 200,000 boats.


DIS Copenhagen (semester)

  • Commuting Culture in Copenhagen

Danish and international students live in the greater Copenhagen area and commute by public transportation or bicycle daily. Copenhagen’s public transportation is clean, safe, punctual, and efficient. So while the commute may seem intimidating, keep in mind that one million Copenhageners hop on the metro every week, and about 360,000 people daily on the train – so your daily transportation will be similar to the average Copenhagener’s.

  • Six Diverse Housing Options

You have six housing options to preference at DIS. All options ensure that you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to the local culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing preference. Read the options carefully to rank your three housing option preferences for your Housing Application:

  1. Homestay
  2. Living & Learning Community
  3. Kollegium
  4. Residential Community
  5. Folkehøjskole
  6. Rented Room


DIS Stockholm (semester)
  • Commuting Culture in Stockholm

Stockholm’s public transportation is clean, safe, punctual, and efficient. While a daily commute may seem intimidating in concept if you are not used to it at home, keep in mind that roughly 800,000 Stockholmers use public transportation daily. With around 90% of the city’s population hopping on the T-banan (the local train network) to get around, you’ll be commuting to DIS like a local, and we cover your transportation between class and home!

  • Four Diverse Housing Options

You have several housing options to choose from at DIS Stockholm. All options ensure that you live with English speakers. You are encouraged to maximize your exposure to Swedish culture and language during the semester, no matter what your housing preference. Read the options carefully to rank them wisely for your Housing Application:

  1. Homestay
  2. Living & Learning Community
  3. Residential Community
  4. Studentboende


DIS Summer 
  • Getting To and From Your DIS Housing

Part of living and studying in Scandinavia means that you commute by bike, bus, train, or metro, as the locals do. Whether traveling to and from classes at DIS, field studies, study tour departures, or other activities, you can expect that commuting will be a part of your daily life. In both cities, the public transportation is clean, safe, punctual, and efficient.

  • Summer Housing Options to Preference

Read through information about housing carefully before submitting your preferences on Student Registration. Depending on which locations and sessions you are studying, you either preference two of the following options or three:

  1. Live with Local Students
  2. Live with DIS Students
  3. Rented Room, only for Session 4: Architecture and Design or DIS Copenhagen consecutive Sessions 2 + 3 students


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